Catholic World News

Nun to head Liberian commission on election violence

November 17, 2011

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, has named Franciscan Sister Mary Laurene Browne the head of a commission that will investigate recent election violence.

“Sister Browne has a deep knowledge of the country’s history, because she lived through the various stages of the civil war from within,” said Father Mauro Armanino, a missionary priest. Liberia experienced from two civil wars (1989-96 and 1999-2003) that left over 350,000 dead.

“The appointment is also an important recognition of the role that the Catholic Church has had and has in the Liberian transition.”

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